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William Stanley Braithwaite, ed.  The Book of Elizabethan Verse.  1907.
 
Aubade
By Sir William Davenant (1606–1668)
 
THE LARK 1 now leaves his wat’ry nest,
  And climbing shakes his dewy wings.
He takes this window for the East,
  And to implore your light he sings—
Awake, awake! the morn will never rise        5
Till she can dress her beauty at your eyes.
 
The merchant bows unto the seaman’s star,
  The ploughman from the sun his season takes;
But still the lover wonders what they are
  Who look for day before his mistress wakes.        10
Awake, awake! break thro’ your veils of lawn!
Then draw your curtains, and begin the dawn!
 
Note 1. This beautiful lyric under the simple title Song appeared in the first collected edition of Davenant’s Poems, London, 1673. [back]
 
 
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